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Notify the Electoral Commission South Africa of your intention to vote outside South Africa (VEC 10)
Qualified voters are reminded to submit VEC 10 online applications to IEC before midnight of 12 March 2014 (South Africa time).
Election day in South Africa as well as abroad was proclaimed in the Government Gazette on 25 February 2014. This also means that no further registrations will be entertained.
Voting abroad will take place on Wednesday, 30 April 2014 from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm. By law it is not possible to vote abroad on any date other than 30 April 2014, and no exceptions will be made.
Applications are now open to notify the IEC of your intention to vote abroad and where (at which mission) citizens intend to vote, by completing a VEC 10 form at http://www.elections.org.za/content/For-Voters/Notify-the-IEC-of-your-intention-to-vote-outside-South-Africa-%28VEC-10%29/
Applications need to be submitted ONLINE ONLY on the IEC website at www.elections.org.za and will close at midnight (South Africa time) on 12 March 2014. Applicants will receive either an email or sms notification from IEC South Africa to acknowledge receipt of their application.
You may reach the Consular: Civic and Immigration Services Section at the South African Consulate General in New York City at (212) 213-4880 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. You can also contact the following numbers for enquiries on:
Tel: (212) 692-2406 or email email@example.com
VISAS AND TEMPORARY RESIDENCE PERMITS
Tel: (212) 692-2404 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
BIRTH, MARRIAGE OR DEATH CERTIFICATES, CITIZENSHIP, PERMANENT RESIDENCE AND BIRTH REGISTRATION
Tel: (212) 692-2403 or email email@example.com
Tel: (212) 692-2451 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Due to high volume of callers, your wait time might be long. We thank you for your patience. Alternatively, you can send an email to: email@example.com
The emergency number — (917) 200-8396 is for South Africans in distress during natural disasters such as tornadoes, tsunamis, etc. You may call this number only if you are in an emergency situation during non-working hours (i.e. between 5:00 pm and 9:00 am).
Can South Africa become the new blockbuster hotspot?
By Teo Kermeliotis
27 February 2014
A group of influential film executives from the United States are currently on a 10-day tour across South Africa, having been invited to explore possible set locations for movies and TV productions.
As part of their scouting expedition, leading executives from Disney, Paramount, Warner Bros and the Producers Guild will be traveling around the country until March 1, holding meetings with government representatives and industry players, as well as visiting local production houses and facilities, including a stop on the set of the new "Avengers" movie, scenes for which are currently being shot in Johannesburg. Read full story.
2014 Budget Speech by Minister of Finance Pravin Gordhan
26 February 2014
I have the honour to present the fifth and last budget of President Zuma’s first administration.
In just over two months, we will again exercise our most fundamental expression of freedom – our right to vote for a new government.
Political emancipation is just the beginning of our journey towards justice and equality. In exercising the responsibilities that flow from democratic participation, we have the opportunity to create a better future for all. As Madiba wrote on his prison calendar in 1979, “The purpose of freedom is to create it for others.”
At the outset, I want to thank all South Africans for your support, cooperation and encouragement. Ngiyabonga, ndia livhuwa, enkosi, ke a leboga.... Read full speech.
South Africa Partners 2014 Itheko
Saturday, 26 April 2014
Royal Sonesta Hotel
40 Edwin H. Land Boulevard
Cambridge, Massachusetts 02142
Visit to the South African Consulate General by Middle School Students from Suffolk County
19 February 2014
Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan will present the National Budget to the South African Parliament on Wednesday, 26 February 2014.
By Adrienne Gaffney
14 February 2014
Despite the icy conditions, the pews of St. Paul the Apostle were full on Thursday night for a tribute concert in honor of Nelson Mandela. Recalling that Mandela's Dec. 10 funeral was also dampened by poor weather, DJ Gareth Cliff, who hosted the evening with actor Morgan Freeman, remarked, "It's almost as if, in his humility, Madiba doesn't like too much of a fuss being made." Read full article.
By Sonny Young
14 February 2014
People have been inspired by Lucas Sithole since he turned professional almost three years ago. Today, the 27-year-old South African is a professional tennis player and a rising African star. Read full story.
Friday, 31 January 2014
Blackman Auditorium, Ell Hall
342 Huntington Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts
Boston recently gathered to celebrate the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela. The event featured tributes to Mr. Mandela by legislative, civic and private sector leaders. Read full story.
13 February 2014
Read full transcript of State of the Nation Address by His Excellency Jacob G. Zuma, President of the Republic of South Africa, on the occasion of the Joint Sitting of Parliament.
Working Visit by KZN Delegation
12 February 2014
‘Avengers 2′ Begins Production in South Africa
New Details On What Is Being Filmed
by Mike Sampson
11 February 2014
‘Avengers 2‘, one of the biggest films hitting theaters over the next few years, has officially begun filming today in Johannesburg, South Africa, where it will spend the next two weeks. Read full story.
Tlale makes solo debut at NYFW
by Nadia Neophytou
JOHANNESBURG - South African designer David Tlale has showcased his first solo runway collection at New York Fashion Week (NYFW).
Tlale presented his autumn/winter 2014 collection called ‘Elementary Metropolis’ at NYFW, one of the fashion world’s most highly anticipated events. Read full article.
- Atang Tshikare
- Cinga Samson
- Khanyisile Mbongwa
- Loyiso Mkize
- nomThunzi Mashalaba
- Rahma Cariem
- Robyn Pretorius
- Zolani Siphungela
South Africa to move ahead with shale gas exploration
By Rodger Bosch
4 February 2014
South Africa will move ahead "decisively" with the exploration of shale gas, the country's minerals minister said in Cape Town on Tuesday.
Minerals Minister Susan Shabangu said that "geology indicates" a potential for 485 trillion cubic feet of shale gas trapped in the formations of South Africa's arid Karoo region. Read full story.
Visit to the South African Consulate General by the Nelson Mandela School Choir of Berlin, Germany
3 February 2014
SAA Vacations Introduces "Sommelier's Choice"
Wine-Themed Package for the Most Ardent Oenophiles
Wine and Culinary Vacation Focuses Exclusively on the Cape Wine Region and Provides Experiences with Celebrated Winemakers; 8-Day Package Priced Starting at Just $3,450 (restrictions apply)
Fort Lauderdale, FL (February 3, 2014) - South African Airways Vacations® (SAA Vacations) has developed a wine and culinary-themed package designed to satisfy the most ardent oenophile. Priced starting at just $3,450* (restrictions apply), the 8-day “Sommelier’s Choice” air-inclusive vacation package immerses wine lovers deep into the Cape Wine region and behind the scenes of a master winemaker’s creative process. The package was created by region experts and for those who truly love wine and wish to study its origins and development. The experience will meld the beauty of South Africa’s Western Cape and its celebrated wine region with an education in wine that only celebrated wine masters can provide.
For more information on the Sommelier’s Choice package, call South African Airways Vacations at 855-FLY-SAAV, or visit http://www.flysaavacations.com/south-africa-travel/sommeliers-choice/.
Africa 'committed to tackling trade bottlenecks'
3 February 2014
African heads of state are committed to tackling the infrastructure bottlenecks blocking intra-Africa trade and investment, South African President Jacob Zuma told the Bloomberg "Africa: Economic Outlook and Opportunities" conference in Johannesburg. Read full article.
31 January 2014
JOHANNESBURG: Hollywood's royal couple Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie will move to South Africa this year while he works on a new film, local media reported on Friday, 31 January 2014. Read full story.
Carnegie Hall Plans South Africa Festival This Fall
30 January 2014
A three-week festival of the music and arts of South Africa will be among the highlights of Carnegie Hall’s 2014-15 season. Ubuntu: Music and Arts of South Africa, will run from Oct. 10 through Nov. 5 and feature the music of Hugh Masekela, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Abdullah Ibrahim and others as well as a program featuring films by the visual artist William Kentridge with the music of Philip Miller, a South African composer. Read full story.
For Immediate Release
South African Airways Announces Resumption of
Non-stop Flights between Johannesburg and New York
Ft. Lauderdale, FL – January 29, 2014 - South African Airways (SAA), Africa’s most awarded airline, has announced that it is resuming its popular non-stop flights between Johannesburg, South Africa, and New York – JFK International Airport. The non-stop flight will resume on March 9th, nearly three weeks ahead of its original schedule of March 28th.
While SAA’s New York-Johannesburg flight has continued to operate on a non-stop daily basis, the return flight has been temporarily making a 1-hr refuelling stop in Dakar, Senegal, due in part to lower travel demand during the winter months. The non-stop flight will be timed to arrive in New York in the early morning, allowing customers to quickly connect on flights to points throughout North America.
The nonstop flight schedule is as follows (all times are local):
- Flight SA203 departs Johannesburg at 8:25 pm, arrives New York JFK at 6:40 am the next day
- Flight SA204 departs New York JFK at 11:15 am, arrives Johannesburg at 8:00 am the next day
“We’re pleased to be able to resume the northbound non-stop flight ahead of schedule,” said Marc Cavaliere, executive vice president, North America for South African Airways. “Over the years, this service has become exceptionally popular, with our customers praising the combination of its schedule, the ease of connections both throughout the African continent and in the United States, as well as the unique South African hospitality on board.”
Customers with questions about the flight schedule or connecting flights should contact South African Airways’ North America Reservations Center at (800) 722-9675. For travel professionals, the new non-stop flight schedule is available for booking via the GDS.
For more information, call 1-800-722-9675, or visit www.flysaa.com.
Video: Cape Town: World Design Capital for 2014
Cape Town's reign as World Design Capital for 2014 focuses on the problem-solving potential of design: an approach that’s more gritty than pretty. As South Africa celebrates 20 years of independence, Gillian Dobias explores the city's design-for-social-change agenda.
Bruce Springsteen Kicks Off 2014 "High Hopes" Tour in South Africa
By Andy Greene
27 January 2014
"Good evening, South Africa!" Bruce Springsteen said after taking the stage in front of 10,000 screaming South African fans at Cape Town's Bellville Velodrome. "So glad to be in your beautiful city!" With that, the E Street Band launched into a rollicking cover of the Special A.K.A.'s "Free Nelson Mandela," kicking off their 2014 High Hopes tour in a country that Springsteen has never previously played. Read full story.
South Africa's Ladysmith Black Mambazo Win Fourth Grammy
27 January 2014
Traditional acapella group Ladysmith Black Mambazo have won the Grammy Award for Best World Album for Live: Singing for Peace around the World - sharing the award with the flamenco fusion artists the Gipsy Kings, who were nominated for a sixth time and won for the first time. Read full story.
South Africa deny NZ in Las Vegas final
27 January 2014
A Las Vegas title remains elusive for the All Blacks Sevens after South Africa beat them 14-7 to claim the fourth leg of the sevens rugby world series.
It is South Africa's second successive win in the series after claiming their home tournament in Port Elizabeth last month. They have leap-frogged New Zealand at the top of the standings and now have 78 points, one ahead of the defending champions followed by Fiji (56) and England (53). Read full story.
Doing Business in South Africa Seminar
23 January 2014
A business seminar on exciting business opportunities that exist in varied sectors in South Africa, such as; Automotive, BPO, Chemicals, Energy, Financial Services, Healthcare, Infrastructure, Manufacturing, Tourism and others, was jointly hosted by the Hosted by the Greater New York Chamber of Commerce and the South African Consulate General on Thursday, 23 January 2014.
20 January 2014
Floyd Mayweather got down with the locals during his trip to South Africa -- busting out an impromptu dance session to live African music ... and TMZ Sports has the footage. View video.
Due to inclement weather, the event
Celebration of the Remarkable Life of Nelson Mandela
scheduled today, Tuesday, 21 January 2014
at New York Law School
185 West Broadway (at Leonard Street)
New York, NY 10013
has been postponed until further notice.
South Africa moves to grow bio-economy
15 January 2014
The government has launched an updated bio-economy strategy that seeks to harness partnerships with industry and academia in order to accelerate the development of bio-based services, products and innovations in South Africa.
The science-based Bio-Economy Strategy, approved by the Cabinet in November and launched by Science and Technology Minister Derek Hanekom on Tuesday, positions bio-innovation as essential to the achievement of the country's industrial and social development goals. Read full story.
South Africa: Record Year for South African Wine Exports
15 January 2014
The South African wine industry topped its previous export record in 2013, with volumes sold reaching 525.7-million liters, a 26% increase on the previous high achieved in 2012, Wines of South Africa (Wosa) said in a statement on Monday, 13 January 2014.
Strong year-on-year growth occurred in established and newer markets. Read full story.
52 Places to Go in 2014
#1. Cape Town, South Africa
By Sarah Khan
A place to meditate on freedom, and the creative life that followed.
When Nelson Mandela was incarcerated at Robben Island prison, he found inspiration in Cape Town. “We often looked across Table Bay at the magnificent silhouette of Table Mountain,” he said in a speech. “To us on Robben Island, Table Mountain was a beacon of hope. It represented the mainland to which we knew we would one day return.” Read full article.
Important information on Out-of-Country Voter Registration
10 January 2014
A South African citizen who is out of the country and wishes to apply for registration must be in possession of a South African identity document and a valid South African passport.
Registration ends on Friday, 7 February 2014.
Those who cannot register during working hours can enroll during two special registration weekends – 18-19 January and 25-26 January 2014.
South African Consulate General
333 East 38th Street, 9th Floor
New York, NY 10016
Hours of Operation:
Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm
Weekend: January 18 and 19, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Weekend: January 25 and 26, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
The Registration System:
To apply for registration, applicants must, in person, submit the completed application form (REC1/ OC form), together with their Green bar-coded identity document, valid Temporary Identity Certificate (TIC – valid for 2 months) or Smart Card and a valid South African passport to the Special Registration Officer at those foreign missions where registration services will be rendered. Only South African citizens who are not on the voters’ roll are required to register.
A registered voter in the RSA is NOT required to re-register to vote abroad. It is best for such a person to check his/her registration status on www.elections.org.za If the person discovers that he/she is not registered to vote then that person is advised to register to vote from abroad. Importantly, if a registered voter intends to vote outside of the RSA, that person will need to complete an online VEC 10 form (which will be available on www.elections.org.za) once the President of the RSA proclaims the date of the 2014 elections and within 15 days from the proclamation date. More details in this regard are available on www.elections.org.za.
The Electoral Amendment Act 2013 states that RSA citizens may apply in person to register to vote, and to vote from RSA Embassies, High Commissions and Consulates. The law does not provide for such opportunities outside of these locations.
The Electoral Amendment Act 2013 makes provision for voters abroad to vote in the national election only, and not provincial elections.
Eligibility to Register:
To be eligible to register abroad, a person must:
- Be a South African citizen;
- Be 16 years of age or older;
- Possess a valid green bar-coded identity document, a valid Temporary Identity Certificate (valid for 2 months) or Smart Card;
- Possess a valid South African passport and
- Submit in person the application form, the identity document and a valid South African passport to a Special Registration Officer appointed by the Commission for that purpose.
Please note: Only a green bar-coded ID, a valid Temporary Identification Certificate or a Smart Card are accepted for registration purposes. No other document will be accepted.
Mayweather Jr. to Visit South Africa
By GERALD IMRAY AP Sports Writer
Forget world's best fighter, Floyd Mayweather Jr. was rated by the South African government as the world's greatest athlete and backed him to turn around boxing in the country.
The sports ministry announced Mayweather will arrive on Wednesday , 15 January 2014 for a near-weeklong visit — his first to Africa and a triumph for the country which finally got its man after trying to lure the 36-year-old superstar as guest of honor at the national sports awards last year.
The Ministry of Sport and Recreation also said on Tuesday that the boxer nicknamed "Money" had not been paid any fee to come. Read full story.
South Africa's First Smartphone to Hit Shelves in 2014
December 19, 2013
JOHANNESBURG — Smartphones are growing in popularity in South Africa, but their expense and the cost of contracts have meant only a fraction of the population can afford them.
One South African plans to change that by introducing the first indigenously designed and manufactured smart phone, aimed at attracting lower middle class consumers.
South Africans love their mobile phones. According to a recent Afrobarometer report, 93 percent of South Africans have one.
But 80 percent of these phones are feature phones, simple handsets with a number keypad, which can be used to dial numbers and send text messages. Read full article.